October 8, 2012
Love, drama and happy ending.
Idealistic doctor, gifted with extraordinary healing capacity, struggles with greed and false fame. Finally he gets the right woman and finds his way. Great scenes of a forest fire.
August 26, 2006
Mickey Saves the Day and Ralph Bellamy Saves His Honor
Ralph Bellamy is "The Healer" (the original title) in this 1930s morally-uplifting pot-boiler. Bellamy is a doctor that has come home to a warm springs to try to heal children from the unnamed crippling disease (polio). He runs a destitute camp for these children, assisted by Evelyn (Karen Morley) who looks upon the Doc as a great man. Mickey Rooney is Jimmy, a parapalegic kid whom the Doc promises to cure. This little triangle is interrupted by rich girl Joan who cons the good Doc into building a sanitorium for the wealthy with her father's money. Doc is momentarily swayed, but comes to his senses just as a forest fire threatens his original cabins around the warm spring. His treatment of Jimmy pays off as Jimmy rides a bicycle to save the day. Doc realizes that his true love is Evelyn, not the self-interested Joan.
I never was a Ralph Bellamy fan, but it's good to watch Rooney who could bring life even to a smarmy roll like this. Mickey Rooney obviously put himself into the role.